us history

  1. True Whig

    Blackleg in the White House: A Henry Clay Victory TL
    Threadmarks: Author's Note & Prologue

    BLACKLEG IN THE WHITE HOUSE The Presidency of Henry Clay This timeline discusses the putative presidency of Henry Clay. I will make infoboxes and occasionally use RNG to make plot decisions that I do not trust myself to make. If I find it enjoyable to write, I will continue to write it, after...
  2. AHC: Earliest Possible American Entry into WWII

    With a POD no later than 1939, how do we get the U.S. in World War II much earlier than OTL, with American forces fighting against Germany, Italy, and Japan? Preferable if this can be done before June 1941.
  3. Who did president Kennedy fire or discipline?

    I have been looking for this information on google for some time now but i dont find it, i am sure i read somewhere a couple of years ago that Kennedy did fire or discipline one of the military officials behind operation northwoods?, is this correct?. Also, president Kennedy was against some...
  4. DBWI: How Would George W. Bush Have Handled 9/11 and the Financial Crisis?

    I know this is relatively recent history, but just to set the stage for this DBWI thought experiment I'll recap the past 20 or so years of US history. In 2000, after a nail-biting election campaign, Vice-President John Kerry defeated George W. Bush and became the 43rd American President. Kerry...
  5. DBWI: Nixon Resigns in August 1974

    As he later related in his memoirs, Richard Nixon seriously considered resigning the American Presidency in August 1974 after Republican congressional leaders revealed that he would certainly lose the impending impeachment vote in the House of Representatives. But Nixon feared the humiliation of...
  6. If Cuomo Had Run in 1992, Who Would've Been His Running Mate?

    In 1991, New York Governor Mario Cuomo famously dithered over whether or not to run for President in the upcoming Democratic primaries. Ultimately he decided not to run, claiming that New York's budget problems were too much of a distraction, and Bill Clinton was nominated instead. Had Cuomo...
  7. DBWI: How Would Hoover Have Responded to the Great Depression?

    Although he was the second longest serving President in American history, Calvin Coolidge is generally remembered as one of America's worst chief executives. In office from August 1923 to January 1933, Coolidge did nothing to confront the Great Depression after the 1929 Stock Market Crash. If...
  8. AHC: Make Ulysses Grant a Great President

    Ulysses S. Grant is usually judged as a fantastic general but a mediocre President. He won the Civil War, but his administration was plagued by economic problems and scandals. In his day Grant was hailed as the equal of Washington and Lincoln, but after his death many historians portrayed him as...
  9. DBWI: Hamilton Duels Burr

    In 1804, Vice-President Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel. Burr was furious over Hamilton's support of a rival Republican over him for Governor of New York, in addition to Hamilton's personal attacks on Burr's character. Hamilton considered accepting Burr's offer, but...
  10. WI: Lincoln Is Elected to the Senate in 1855

    In 1855 Abraham Lincoln ran for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. At a time when Senators were elected by the legislature Lincoln initially did well in early balloting. But when it became clear he didn't have enough votes to win Lincoln bowed out in favor of anti-slavery Democrat Lyman Trumbull...
  11. DBWI: TR Declines to Run in 1908

    In 1904, after Theodore Roosevelt's landslide election to a full term, journalists pressed the young President over whether or not he would run again in 1908. Roosevelt dodged their questions and continued to do so until 1908, when he announced his bid for a second full term. Roosevelt's critics...
  12. AHC: A Woman is Elected US President by 2000

    Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to have a woman be elected President of the United States on or before the year 2000.
  13. WI: A Kerry/McCain Unity Ticket in 2004

    In 2004, John Kerry wanted his friend John McCain to be his running mate on a bipartisan "unity ticket." Polling from May 2004 showed that a Kerry/McCain ticket had a 14% lead over Bush among registered voters. McCain showed interested but he ultimately declined and endorsed Bush. Curiously...
  14. How Could the US Have Decisively Won the War of 1812?

    Despite its name the War of 1812 lasted three years, from 1812 to 1815. While the US saw its capital burned and the invasion of Canada failed, America didn't technically lose the war and the peace was negotiated on favorable terms. At the same time the US didn't decisively win either. So how...
  15. Which Losing Presidential Nominee Would've Made the Best President?

    In this poll, you're provided with losing candidates from 1900 to 2012 who were nominated by the two major American political parties but never became President. Candidates who did at one point lose but then came back to win, such as Richard Nixon, or candidates who won once but lost a second...
  16. Why Did Kerry Lose in 2004?

    The 2004 US Presidential Election was very close: had only one state (Ohio) flipped to John Kerry, George W. Bush would've been a one term President. Bush is often considered one of America's worst Presidents, and many wonder why he was re-elected despite a weak economy, the Abu Ghraib scandal...
  17. AHC: A Losing Presidential Candidate is Nominated Twice After 1968

    Before 1968, it wasn't uncommon for presidential candidates to be nominated a second time after losing the general election: Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Grover Cleveland, and Richard Nixon were all elected President after having previously failed to do so. (FDR had...
  18. DBWI: Kennedy Defeats Romney in 1994

    In 1994, Senator Ted Kennedy was narrowly defeated by moderate businessman Mitt Romney. Early polls showed a neck and neck race, and Kennedy hoped for a Hail Mary in the pre-election debate. But despite Kennedy's best efforts, Romney's strong showing in the debate put him over the hump and he...
  19. DBWI: Richard Nixon Debates John Kennedy

    In 1960, Senator John Kennedy challenged Vice-President Richard Nixon to debate him. However, on the advice of President Eisenhower Nixon declined. What if Nixon and Kennedy had debated in 1960?
  20. WI: JFK Jr Goes Into Politics

    On July 16, it will be 20 years since John F. Kennedy Jr died in a plane crash alongside his wife and sister in law. It was speculated that Kennedy might've gone into politics in the 2000s had he lived. But what if instead of entering the publishing world with the magazine George, Kennedy had...
Top